A DOCUMENTARY will feature the story of a Teesside two-year-old who suffered burns in an accident at home.
Alistair Henderson jumped into a running bath after sneaking away from his mother Lucy at their home in Norton on July 7 2017. Despite only being in the water momentarily, the toddler suffered severe burns to his arms and hands.
The story is featured in Emergency Helicopter Medics on More4 on Sunday at 9pm. The series follows the work of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), the charity which treated and airlifted Alistair following the incident.
Lucy, 23, said the accident could serve as a reminder to other parents. She added: “I’d only been a second away but he just ran off and jumped in the bath.
“There were burns to his arms and one of his legs. I had hold of him and his skin was peeling off so I rang for an ambulance and stood him under a cold shower to stop his skin burning.”
The GNAAS paramedic and doctor team were called to assist the North East Ambulance Service with assessing and treating Alistair.
They identified that he had severe burns to his arms and hands, and administered diamorphine to relieve his pain and help him relax.
Alistair and Lucy were airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for further treatment of his burns.
Miss Henderson said: “We were in the specialist burns unit at the RVI for ten days and he got his bandages changed every day. He had a six-month check-up and he’s fine now.
“I thought GNAAS were excellent. When they came in I was so concerned for Alistair. I don’t want this happening to other people, so I just want to raise awareness. This just goes to show how careful you need to be when you’re running a bath for your children.”
GNAAS doctor Phil Godfrey, who treated Alistair, said: “It’s very brave of Lucy to talk about this frightening accident. As a parent, I know how easily something like this could happen, so I hope it serves as a reminder to others.
“It’s a relief to see Alistair back to normal after this. I’m just glad we could be there for him and his family.”
GNAAS relies on public donations to keep flying. Last year the charity needed to raise £5.1m. To find out how you can help, please visit www.gnaas.com or call 01325-487263.